77 pc voter turnout in Bengal, 78 pc in Assam, 62 pc in TN, 77 pc in Puducherry till evening

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People queuing up to vote in West Bengal | Photo: ANI

Kolkata: As the third phase of the highly contested West Bengal Assembly elections is underway, a voter turnout of 77.67 per cent was recorded till 5:30 pm on Tuesday.

Hooghly once again recorded the highest turnout till 5:30 pm with 79.29 per cent, while Howrah and South 24 Parganas registered 77.91 per cent and 76.74 per cent respectively, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

Among all constituencies, Goghat reported the highest turnout with 84.71 per cent, while Diamond Harbour and Tarakeswar recorded turnouts of 75.17 per cent and 78.37 per cent respectively. Arambagh and Bihnupur recorded 79 per cent turnout each.

Earlier, a clash had erupted between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers in Arambagh as voting for the third phase of West Bengal Assembly polls began at 7 am today.

There are 205 candidates in the fray in this round of polling. However, when it comes to women representation, there are only 13 women candidates contesting in this phase, merely six per cent.

A total of 832 companies of central security forces have been deployed in the constituencies to ensure a peaceful election.

Out of these, 214 companies of Quick Response Teams (QRTs) is present in the third phase. The voting in this phase of elections is being held in 31 Assembly constituencies in three districts - eight in Hooghly, seven in Howrah and 16 in South 24 Parganas.

A total of 78,52,425 electors will take part in the third phase of the polls. Of these, 2,30,055 people will be voting for the first time. A total of 1,26,148 voters fall in the age group of above 80 years.

Assam polls third phase: 78.29 pc voter turnout till 5:20 pm

The third and final phase of the Assam election witnessed a voter turnout of 78.29 per cent till 5:20 pm on Tuesday, the Election Commission said.

South Salmara district registered the highest voter turnout with 88.59 per cent polling, while Kamrup Metro witnessed the lowest voter turnout with 60.34 per cent polling.

The Mankachar constituency recorded the highest voter turnout with 87.66 percent polling, while the Gauhati East recorded the lowest voter turnout with 55 per cent polling.

Polling in the tea-garden state of Assam began on Tuesday morning with security arrangements in place.

This phase will decide the fate of 337 candidates across 40 constituencies of 12 districts in the state, including the senior minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Himanta Biswa Sarma in the Jalukbari constituency. Biswa's constituency has witnessed 64 per cent voter turnout till 5:20 pm today.

The Assembly elections for 126 seats are being held in three phases. The first phase took place on March 27, the second phase on April 1.

The first phase witnessed a voter turnout of nearly 77 per cent, while a voter turnout of nearly 74.76 per cent was recorded in the second phase.

62.42 voter turnout in Tamil Nadu till 5:30 pm

Tamil Nadu has recorded a voter turnout of 62.42 per cent till 5.30 pm in the assembly polls in the state, according to the Election Commission (EC).

Edappadi, from where Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is contesting, saw 73 per cent polling.

A voter turnout of 48.20 per cent was registered in Kolathur from where DMK chief MK Stalin is in the fray. AIADMK has put up Adhi Rajaram against Stalin.

In Coimbatore (South), from where actor and Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan is making his electoral debut, 55.44 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm.

Polling across 234 assembly constituencies in 38 districts of Tamil Nadu started at 7 am.

The single-day voting in the state will decide the fate of 3,998 candidates. In order to combat the COVID-19 spread, the number of polling stations has been increased to 88,937.

Puducherry sees 77.90 pc voting till 6 pm

Puducherry registered a voter turnout of 77.90 per cent till 6 pm across its 30 constituencies, according to the Election Commission (EC).

Karaikal district witnessed 76.74 per cent voter turnout while Puducherry district witnessed 78.14 per cent polling till 6 pm.

The Yanam constituency in the Union Territory recorded the highest voting percentage of 85.76 per cent till 6 pm, while the Mahe constituency witnessed the lowest voting percentage of 69.92 per cent.

A total of 10,04,507 electors are deciding the fate of 324 candidates. (ANI)

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